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Strategic Human Resources management is irrelevant when it comes to highly skilled professionals in the new economy [r-libre/163]

Chasserio, Stéphanie, & Legault, Marie-Josée (2009). Strategic Human Resources management is irrelevant when it comes to highly skilled professionals in the new economy. International Journal of Human Resources Management, 20 (5), 1113-1131.

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Item Type: Journal Articles
Refereed: Yes
Status: Published
Abstract: The goal of this paper is to explain the commitment behaviour of highly skilled professionals in Canadian business-to-business (B2B) technology services companies that do not have a formal and explicit managerial commitment strategy and to emphasize the need to take the organizational context into consideration when developing a theory that seeks to account for differences in employee’s organisational commitment. Our contribution is to reappraise the relevance of the traditional organizational commitment definition in this organizational context, a new organizational form. We demonstrate that in the companies which are different from the traditional bureaucratic organizational forms and which employ highly qualified professionals, the employment relationship is based on a psychological contract that is not accounted for in the strategic HRM theory. Indeed, the basic principles of strategic HRM dictate that an organization’s most valuable asset is its employees; it is therefore incumbent on management to do whatever is necessary to retain its workforce, readily described as a key resource and to use human resources management (HRM) practices as tools to elicit commitment. In a study of highly skilled workers in Canadian business-to-business (B2B) technology services companies belonging to the so-called “new economy,” we observed that although the competitive advantage enjoyed by these companies depends to a large degree on the creativity and innovativeness of their workforce, these companies barely have any official HRM policies, and the HR department plays a very unobtrusive role. Yet, no one could say that the employees in these firms are not committed — on the contrary! This situation has several implications in terms of career for these professionals, in terms of HR practices for the employers. Nevertheless, until now, existing theoretical models of organizational commitment have shown little interest in highly skilled workers in general and even less in new economy professionals.
Additional Information: This paper is a first draft of a later published article in a different version, in the on line journal International journal of Human resource management
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/095851...
Depositor: Legault, Marie-Josée
Owner / Manager: Marie-Josée Legault
Deposited: 13 Feb 2015 16:51
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2015 00:47

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